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Royal Welsh College launches Young Actors Studio in Pembrokeshire

YAS Stephen Thornton.Hilary Boulding

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama – the National Conservatoire for Wales – and Valero, the world’s largest independent refining company and Pembrokeshire’s most significant employer, have announced a new partnership that will see the Royal Welsh College launch its Young Actors Studio in Pembrokeshire this April. Young Actors Studio in Pembrokeshire will be the first extension of the Studio and will offer young people of West Wales the same experiences as students attending at the College in Cardiff.

The focus of the Royal Welsh College Young Actors Studio is on actor training, coupled with training to support young people into specialist drama courses and other quality higher education destinations. All the training is delivered by professional actors, directors, choreographers and industry professionals from both theatre and television.

The Royal Welsh College was recently ranked in The Guardian University League Tables as the top drama training programme in the UK.  The Young Actors Studio currently provides weekly training at the highest level in Cardiff for around 150 talented 12 -20 year olds.

Students can opt for different pathways: The one year audition-entry Acting Courses for 16-20 year olds provide a real insight into drama school training, while the Theatre Workshop classes are open to all students aged 12-18, offering  the opportunity  to concentrate on core drama skills in a friendly, supportive and professional environment in Pembrokeshire.

Staff from the Royal Welsh College will be delivering free acting workshops in Pembrokeshire College from January and February 2014, culminating in Young Actors Studio “taster” workshops during the half- term week. Students will then be offered the opportunity to audition for the Acting Course in March. The Young Actors Studio Pembrokeshire will officially launch in April 2014 with sessions for both Acting Courses and Theatre Workshops taking place every Saturday.

“The Royal Welsh College nurtures some of the best performance talent in Wales and, in our role as the National Conservatoire for Wales, we are delighted to be able to respond, in partnership with Valero, to requests to extend the College’s provision to communities across the country.  Several young people from Pembrokeshire currently travel to Cardiff on a weekly basis, so it’s fitting that our first new centre will be in Pembrokeshire.’

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